Kendrick Lamar was definitely one of the most anticipated acts of the night, and he did not disappoint one bit. The only thing that dampened K. Dot’s set was the rain, which had basically held out the entire night, until the end of Rocky's and the beginning of K. Dot. It actually started pouring more during Kendrick’s set, which forced a few concert go-ers to exit or look for shelter, but the majority of us held out.
Kendrick spit through the rain, coming on stage to “Backseat Freestyle.” His voice sounded crisp, and he was one of the few rappers who didn’t have his track backing him the entire time (he did have a back track, but it seemed it was mainly for the hooks). We were wondering if all of Black Hippy would be representing at SJXX, and we were about to find out.
K. Dot got into “Money Trees” off his debut album, and it was just as dope as on the album. Jay Rock took the stage to do his verse, giving us hope that if ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock are around, so is Ab-Soul..but we had to wait to find out. “U.O.E.N.O.” started playing, and the Compton native got in to his verse, making the entire crowd excited that all of Black Hippy would perform their remix. However, we were quickly let down, as Kendrick finished his verse and that was it.
It was just a momentary let-down that we forgot almost as fast as it happened because Kendrick started to do “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” He then did another GKMC track with “Poetic Justice,” and brought out the final Black Hippy member we had yet to see that night, Soulo ho3.
Ab-Soul didn’t need flashy shit and chains to get his raps done, he wore a red snapback and a black t-shirt, spitting his politically-charged song “Terrorist Threats.” The energy in the crowd continued to rise, as ScHoolboy Q came out to do his drug-talking single “Yay Yay.”
Kendrick then took back the stage, sort of, because he proceeded to call the A$AP Mob and TDE members to forefront of the stage (the stage, by the way, was packed at this point-- it was like a whole separate party going on up there). K. Dot ended with “M.a.a.d City” before peacing out, and lettingPapoose perform his one song.
Basically, everyone thought that there was a DJ intermission after Kendrick left, but then someone started rapping on stage. It was none other than Papoose. It was completely random, yes, but the crowd didn’t care (and Ebro cared too much). We were still being fed energy in the form of raps, so who cares if Papoose got to shine for three minutes and then shouted-out his girlfriend, Remy Ma? We didn’t. All in all, Kendrick and the Black Hippy crew had some of the nicest performances of the night, with stage presence to match.